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Wolken wirr verzogen

Language: German (Deutsch)

Wolken wirr verzogen,
Föhren sturmgebogen,
Roter Abendbrand,
Auf den Berg' und Bäumen
Wie in schweren Träumen
Lastet Gottes Hand.

Jahre ohne Segen,
Sturm auf allen Wegen,
Nirgend Heimatland,
Irrweg nur und Fehle!
Schwer auf meiner Seele
Lastet Gottes Hand.

Und aus allen Sünden,
Allen dunkeln Schlünden
Nur noch Ein Begehr:
Endlich Ruhe sehen
Und zu Grabe gehen
Ohne Wiederkehr.

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Hermann Hesse, Sämtliche Werke, herausgegeben von Volker Michels, Band 10 Die Gedichte, bearbeitet von Peter Huber, Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp Verlag, 2002, page 205.

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "The banished one", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Le proscrit", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2014-01-27.
Last modified: 2018-08-13 09:56:14
Line count: 18
Word count: 59

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Le proscrit

Language: French (Français) after the German (Deutsch)

Nuages épars effilochés,
Pins courbés par la tempête,
Rouge incendie du soir,
Sur les monts et les arbres
Comme en un rêve lourd
Pèse la main de Dieu.

Année sans bonheur,
Tempête sur tous chemins,
Nulle part de patrie,
Errements et erreurs !
Lourde sur mon âme
Pèse la main de dieu.

Et parmi tous ces péchés,
Tous ces sombres gouffres
Encore un seul désir :
Voir enfin le repos
Et aller vers la tombe
Sans retour.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Der Ausgestoßene", written 1913, first published 1915 ENG
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Heinz-Otto Hoffmann, Winfried Schreiter, Karl Franz Schwarz, Bruno Straumann. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2017-01-09.
Last modified: 2017-02-16 14:15:08
Line count: 18
Word count: 77